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daveknuth

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Redo old chair
« on: January 07, 2020, 05:35:50 PM »
I am redoing a chair I made 44 years ago for my Mom which I now have. It needed some improvements so I proceeded to make the seat thickness narrower by 1/2" and made the front rail  round instead of having a flat part. The first picture is before I did anything, the second and third are in process.

Mark Maleski

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Re: Redo old chair
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2020, 04:47:44 PM »
Dave, that's quite the chair. Will be made even better by adding a curved front rail.  Can you explain how/why you've decided to thin the seat (not sure I see an over-thickness in the "before" photo)?


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daveknuth

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Re: Redo old chair
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2020, 08:42:46 PM »

Mark,
After I made this chair, it appeared to me most Philadelphia Queen Anne chairs had thinner rails. I made another chair like it and made the rails thinner and it looked right. So now that I have the chair back I am fixing that and making new legs as well.

ChuckH

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Re: Redo old chair
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2020, 10:32:29 AM »
Dave,
Wow, that must have really been eating at you for the past 44 years. ;) Few people would have found fault with your original version.
I'm curious as to how you were able to disassemble the chair so cleanly. Please keep us updated.


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daveknuth

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Re: Redo old chair
« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2020, 04:18:56 PM »
I made new legs because the original legs had an awkward curve. I tried to duplicate the shape of the cabriole leg in  Albert Sack's book "The New Fine Points of Furniture" page 32 in which he describes the leg as approaching perfection.

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Re: Redo old chair
« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2020, 04:42:56 PM »

Chuck,
The front I cut off and made a new one.